Critic Consensus: Doctor Who provides a satisfying conclusion to the previous installment's cliffhanger with "Before the Flood," a playful and exciting episode.
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Critic reviews for Before the Flood
A two-parter where both episodes are equally good and even feel like they belong together.
It's a joy to watch, even when what just happened remains a bit of a head-scratcher, as it does in the very satisfying "Before the Flood."
It's not too often that we get to see the Doctor peer at himself from around the corner (mercifully - it would get tired quickly), which invoked the warm familiarity of the sci-fi of yesteryear.
All in all, this was a creepy, scary two-parter that gained a lot of energy from the Doctor's palpable feeling of desperation.
"Before the Flood" should be commended for being willing to toy with certain ideas, and for exposing a confounding truth involving its protagonists that might afford the season an interesting avenue to explore.
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